Community Engagement and Outreach

Is Better Resource Allocation the Solution to Unjust Health Disparities

Sridhar Venkatapuram, Ph.D., a lecturer in global health and philosophy, and director of the Master of Science in Global Health & Social Justice at King’s College London, will present a grand rounds lecture in the College of Public Health next month.

His lecture, “Is better resource allocation the solution to unjust health disparities?” will be at noon, Sept. 8, in the Maurer Center for Public Health, Room 3013. The lecture is open to the public.

Dr. Venkatapuram, an expert in global/public health, human rights, ethics and philosophy, has been at the forefront of health ethics and global health for more than 20 years. He aims to bridge normative reasoning, particularly about social justice, with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health.

Dr. Venkatapuram was a pioneer of the health and human rights movement as the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to examine HIV/AIDS and other health issues directly as human rights concerns; and at the age of 25 he was supported by the Ford Foundation to provide human rights training to the first cohort of Indian HIV/AIDS organizations.


Diabetes Prevention Program

If you have pre-diabetes or other risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, UNMC’s EngAge Wellness Center is offering a program to help you take charge of your health and make a change.

Enrollment is now open in the Center for Disease Control’s Diabetes Prevention Program, which begins May 6 at UNMC’s EngAge Wellness, 38th Avenue and Leavenworth Street.

The Diabetes Prevention Program features an approach that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The program will meet weekly for the first 16 weeks, then monthly for eight months.

This course is being subsidized for anyone 60 years of age or older by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. For this reason, we are only asking for a $25 contribution for admission into the program. (People younger than 60 are invited to participate. Please call for pricing).

The one-year program is designed to help make lifestyle changes to improve overall health and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By improving food choices and increasing physical activity, participants can lose 5 percent to 7 percent of their body weight. In participants with pre-diabetes, these lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 50 percent (71 percent in people over 60).

For more information on the program or to register, contact Jeannie Hannan, Ph.D., at 402-552-7210.